By Johannes Buchmann

The publication offers with algorithmic difficulties concerning binary quadratic varieties, comparable to discovering the representations of an integer by way of a kind with integer coefficients, discovering the minimal of a kind with actual coefficients and finding out equivalence of 2 varieties. to be able to clear up these difficulties, the booklet introduces the reader to special parts of quantity idea reminiscent of diophantine equations, aid thought of quadratic types, geometry of numbers and algebraic quantity idea. The ebook explains purposes to cryptography. It calls for purely simple mathematical wisdom.

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1. m n = 0 if and only if gcd(m, n) > 1. m 2. If m ≡ m (mod n), then m n = n . m m 3. m n n = nn . m m mm 4. n n = n . (n−1)/2 5. −1 . n = (−1) 2 (n2 −1)/8 6. n = (−1) . (n−1)(m−1)/4 n 7. If m, n are odd and positive, then m n = (−1) m . m 8. If m = 0, m ≡ 0, 1 (mod 4) and n ≡ n (mod |m|), then n = m n . Proof. 12. 13 we can evaluate the Legendre symbol ∆ p for a ﬁxed discriminant ∆ and many primes p as follows. We ∆ compute the table of all values ∆ n for 0 ≤ n < ∆. If we want to compute p ∆ for a prime number p, then we can ﬁnd the value ∆ p = p mod |∆| by a table look-up.

3. Let a = 3. The squares modulo 4a = 12 in {0, 1, . . , 11} are 0, 1, 4, 9. Hence, a discriminant ∆ is a square modulo 4a if ∆ (mod 12) ∈ {0, 1, 4, 9}. We determine the square roots of those squares in M = {−2, −1, . . , 3}. The only square root of 0 in M is 0 and the only square root of 9 in M is 3. The square roots of 1 in M are ±1 and the square roots of 4 in M are ±2. If ∆ = −3, then ∆ ≡ 9 (mod 12). Hence ∆ is a square modulo 12 and since the only square root of 9 in M is 3 it follows that F(−3, 3) = F ∗ (−3, 3) = (3, 3, 1)Γ and R(−3, 3) = R∗ (3, −3) = 1.

An equivalence class of integral indeﬁnite irreducible forms is called ambiguous if (a, b, c) is equivalent to (a, −b, c) for every form (a, b, c) in that equivalence class. We give simple characterizations for ambiguous classes. Let f = (a, b, c) be an integral irreducible indeﬁnite form. 2. The following statements are equivalent: 1. The equivalence class of (a, b, c) is ambiguous. 2. The form (a, b, c) is equivalent to (a, −b, c). 3. The form (a, b, c) is equivalent to (c, b, a). Proof. If the equivalence class of (a, b, c) is ambiguous, then, by deﬁnition, (a, b, c) is equivalent to (a, −b, c).